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UK coronavirus deaths jump by record 563 in a day

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 563 in the last 24 hours, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352. The announcement on Wednesday came ... #UKcoronavirusdeathsjumpsbyrecord563

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 563 in the last 24 hours, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352. The announcement on Wednesday came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll - another 864 people - while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417. In the United States, the death toll has exceeded 4,000.

The number of people with coronavirus who have died in hospital in the United Kingdom rose by 563 to a total 2,352, the government said. It added there were 29,474 confirmed cases of the virus, up from 25,150 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Iran's death toll exceeded 3,000 with 138 new fatalities as the United Nations chief warned the pandemic is the "worst crisis" to face the world since World War II. Globally, more than 42,000 people have died, about 860,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 178,000 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Germany will extend its current restrictions on public life to limit the spread of the coronavirus by two weeks until April 19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "We assessed the situation today and confirmed that the restrictions... will be valid up to and including April 19. We will reassess the situation on the Tuesday after Easter," Merkel said in a telephone conference following a video meeting with regional state premiers.

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Officials in Libya reported two new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the war-torn country to 10. The testing of 11 samples found two positive for COVID-19, the National Anti-Disease Centre said on Facebook. The UN has urged a suspension of hostilities in Libya to help efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

UEFA has suspended all Champions League and Europa League matches "until further notice" due to the coronavirus pandemic, European football's governing body said. All national team games scheduled for June have also been postponed, including play-off matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021.

The world risks facing a food shortage if authorities fail to manage the continuing coronavirus outbreak properly, the heads of three global agencies - WTO, WHO, and the UN - have warned. "In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdowns, every effort must be made to ensure that trade flows as freely as possible, specially to avoid food shortages" from developing, they said in a statement.

Singapore reported 74 new coronavirus cases in its biggest intraday jump, bringing the total tally to 1,000. Twenty of the new cases were imported while 54 were locally transmitted, the health ministry said in a statement. Ten of the locally transmitted cases are linked to a previous case in an old people's home. Five more cases were discharged on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recoveries in the city-state to 245, the health ministry said.

The US Food and Drug Administration said malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and related chloroquine are in shortage due to a surge in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The drugs, which have been tried with some success to treat the disease caused by the virus, were added to the agency's website that lists drug shortages on Tuesday.

Switzerland no longer faces shortages in coronavirus testing, its top health official dealing with the pandemic said. "There are no bottlenecks anymore," Daniel Koch, head of the Federal Office of Health's communicable diseases division, told a news conference in Bern. "We did 16,000 tests since yesterday."

Africa: More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 including former heads of state since first case was confirmed in February. Of Africa's 54 countries, only five have yet to report a case of the virus.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the country may be facing "one, two, three months" of restrictions on movement of people, as the number those who have died from the virus nears 200. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is expected to decide later on Wednesday whether to extend a state of emergency, declared on March 18, which restricted non-essential travel and led thousands of businesses to close their doors. "We don't know whether this will last one, two, or three months and this is obviously scary for everyone," Costa told SIC television channel.

With Easter weekend approaching, he reminded the Portuguese that "families cannot go home to visit their families. ...this year, we must tell emigrants not to come - and if they do, not to leave their homes". (With inputs from Agencies)

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